Average User Score: 7.9Apr 11, 2013This album is the prime example of what happens when a band GROWS UP. The old songs by Paramore were about the hardships of life through a teenager's eyes. Songs like "Misery Business" and "crushcrushcrush" were great, (and dominated the songs played on my iPod in 2007 and 2008) but had little sustenance, and very straight forward lyrics. There was no deeper meanings to the songs that make good songs great. The band actually said that they looked to reinvent themselves as a more mature band with the release of this album. This increased maturity is seen in songs like "Last Hope" and "Part 2." Not only are they written very well, but they are also performed well for a band who only has three actual members.
One thing that people seem to be getting upset about is the change, saying that they don't "sound like Paramore" anymore. Well, you also have to remember that half of the band left, and that they actually stated that they are TRYING to change. I understand that this comparison will be a stretch, but when the Beatles changed from naive love songs to psychedelic masterpieces, what was the outcome? They created some of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time and the band THRIVED from it. So stop expecting the old emo- pop that they grew famous for. Expect songs with deeper meanings, well written melodies, and intense guitar solos.… Expand